BMW Builds First Cruiser Bike
The newly announced R 18 is not only BMW Motorrad’s first cruiser but also its most powerful boxer engined motorcycle.
With the new R 18, BMW Motorrad now enters the cruiser segment.
Like no other BMW motorcycle before it, this model stands entirely in the tradition of historical BMW motorcycles – both technically and in terms of design style.
The centerpiece of the new BMW R 18 is a newly-developed two-cylinder boxer engine – the “Big Boxer”.
Both its impressive appearance and its technology reflect a continuation of the traditional air-cooled boxer engines that have offered an inspiring riding experience for more than seven decades, since BMW Motorrad began production in 1923.
The most powerful two-cylinder boxer engine ever used in motorcycle series production has a displacement of 1802 cc. The peak power output is 91 hp and 116 lb/ft of torque.
The centerpiece of the suspension in the new R 18 is a double-loop steel tube frame.
Its design perpetuates the longstanding BMW Motorrad tradition of this frame type. Outstanding manufacturing quality and a meticulous attention to detail is also evident in unapparent features such as the welded joints between the steel tubes and the cast or forged parts.
Like the legendary BMW R 5, the rear swing arm – surrounds the rear axle transmission in authentic style by means of bolted connections.
The suspension elements of the new BMW R 18 deliberately dispense with electronic adjustment options. Instead, a telescopic fork and a directly mounted central suspension strut with travel-dependent damping and adjustable spring preload ensure superior wheel control and attractive suspension comfort.
The new BMW R 18 braking system features twin discs in front and a single disc brake at the rear in conjunction with four-piston fixed calipers.
Meanwhile the wire-spoked wheels ensure a supremely stylish appearance.
The new R 18 also offers the three standard riding modes “Rain”, “Roll” and “Rock” – unusual in this segment – that adapt to individual rider preferences.
In addition, the new R 18 is equipped as standard with engine drag torque control (MSR).
Among other options, a reverse assist makes maneuvering convenient, while the Hill Start Control function facilitates uphill starts.